Buhari absent at Mosque for Jumat prayers inside presidential villa

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari


The Juma’at service held Friday in the Presidential Villa, Abuja was without President Muhammadu Buhari, fuelling speculation of uncertainty over his health.

The mosque is located near his office.

Three governors who had hoped to join Buhari for prayers at the mosque could not see him.They left after prayers. They are Zamfara governor, Abdulaziz Yari, Ogun state governor Ibikunle Amosun and their Kano counterpart Abdullahi Ganduje.

Buhari was also absent at the Federal Executive Meeting on Wednesday where he was expected to preside.

Buhari’s Health

The reason for his absence at the mosque was not given, but the presidency in a statement on Thursday said Nigerians need not to be apprehensive over his health.

“Despite his lack of visibility, Nigerians should rest assured that President Buhari has not abdicated his role as Commander-in-Chief of Nigeria. He receives daily briefings on the activities of government and confers regularly with his Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

“His private residence, in which he has been spending the majority of his time recently, also has a fully equipped office.

“God is the giver of life and health. We are grateful that He has seen our President through the worst period of his convalescence in London.” Buhari’s spokesperson, Shehu Garba said in the statement.

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